Featured Architect >> Christoff : Finio Architecture

Featured Architect >> Christoff : Finio Architecture

Recently I came across the work of Christoff: Fino Architecture and enjoyed seeing the evolution of their work (as well as their site).  Though many of their projects consist of  free standing structures, I was interested in seeing their renovation and rooftop addition type work, since this is the type of project I’m most familiar with.  I think my favorite detail is the elongated slate tile siding on the rear facade of their Carriage House project.  Take a look at some of their work as featured on their website:

Elongated slate tile siding at rear

Carriage House

location: West Village, New York City
date: 2008
area: 1200 sqft.

“A recent fire in this 150 year old carriage house in the West Village caused irreparable structural damage, but it also offered an opportunity to re-think the possibilities of urban living. This small, two story house fronts a narrow alley. A new screen wall of twisting metal bands defines a shallow “urban garage” between street and interior – a place just deep enough to store bikes, garbage cans, or tools. A shared rear yard serves as an extension to the living and kitchen areas – the kitchen work surface and cabinetry literally extend to the exterior. A frameless glass facade offers a view to the river on the alley side, while a wall of elongated slate tile allows for privacy from adjacent buildings on the other.”

Section drawing

location: West Village, New York City
date: 2004
area: 500 sqft.

“The client for this project had a simple request: to reclaim his coveted view of the Hudson River, which is soon to be eclipsed by the construction of two new residential towers to the northwest. By building a modest indoor and outdoor space above his roof, views of the river to the southwest would be recaptured over the adjacent buildings. A sense of privacy from the adjacent industrial building to the south was also important, so motorized screens are incorporated into the structure that independently draw both a vertical and horizontal curtain across the outdoor deck, offering variation and flexibility between interior and exterior. This space above the rooftops is intended as an environment for solitary thought, or an intimate gathering of friends. It is at once an escape from, and celebration of New York City.”

The Details:

Christoff: Finio Architecture

Principals: Taryn Christoff / Martin Finio

250 West Broadway, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10013

(212) 219-1026


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